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SCVTHS HOSA students and some of the books they collected for "Reach Out and Read"

SCVTHS Health Occupation students (front l-r):
Michael Gaspar of Raritan, Saranya Polavarapu of Bridgewater, Anshu Cherukumilli of Belle Mead, Julia Poreda of Basking Ridge, Jamie DeVera of Bridgewater;
(standing l-r):
Kari La Canna of Branchburg, Audrey Pennimpede of Bridgewater, Emily Jones of Branchburg, Emily Guillen-Gonzalez of Somerville, Michelle Calderon of Manville, Jude Bergman of Hillsborough, Abbey Jones of Branchburg, Isabella Anderer of Somerset, Clara Santos of Bridgewater, and Robert Mihalov of Bridgewater gather with some of the books they collected for Reach Out and Read 


During the months of February and March, the HOSA Future Health Professionals Club at Somerset (SCVTHS) held a community service project collecting new and gently-used children’s books to benefit Reach Out and Read. Reach Out and Read is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

Health Occupations Instructor Kim Vasaturo spoke about the donation stating, “This is our third year hosting this community service project and the students really enjoy the connection between literacy and health care and how it positively impacts children in our community.”

As a result of the drive, the students collected 358 books which will now be donated to a physician’s office in Somerville.

For more information, contact James Strickhart at or (908) 526-8900, x7169.